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8 years ago, I moved from my tuned Linux desktop to OS X. This closed-source platform has attracted many developers with its BSD underpinnings and excellent user interface. Can a developer pampered by sleek design ever go back? I'm going to show you how to break the closed-source habit and run a true open-source environment without sacrificing usability.
by Ryo Chijiiwa
Ever wish you could live in a cabin in the woods? Geeks, with their high income, superior problem solving skills, and ability to work remotely, are often in a better position to realize such Thoreauvian dreams. Based on my own experiences of going from the cubicles of Silicon Valley to the backwoods of Northern California, the talk will cover the ins, outs, hows and whys of life in the woods.
by Sarah Sharp
Open source folks are naturally lazy. Anything mundane task they can automate, they will. So what does an open source developer do when faced with planning, planting, and tediously watering a garden? Automate!
Think Zork is dead? Wrong! Come see what 30 years of evolution has done to the fascinating intersection of creative writing and programming. Witness the amazing open source tools that have made it possible: virtual machines, domain-specific programming languages, and IDEs. Learn about the intense indie community that develops these works, and how you can get involved as either a player or writer.
For the past two Open Source Bridge conferences, we've had Geek Choir sessions; in this presentation, we discuss lessons learned from the Geek Choir experience, advantages and disadvantages to mixing music and mathematically-inclined people, the benefits of singing, open source tools to assist in the process, and online open music resources. There also might be applied examples (aka singing).
Turmeric is a new comprehensive open source SOA platform, originally developed internally by eBay and open sourced for general community usage. This session is intended to introduce Turmeric, what's so special about it, and engage in a discussion on how you can benefit and contribute.
What does it take to build a hacker culture? This talk will cover activities in creating a hacker society in Uruguay. The small south american country has engaged in the massive task of raising a generation of hackers. Every school child gets an XO laptop and every landline comes with DSL. While most of the world is trying to replicate silicon valley, Uruguay's building something quite different.
An overview of the current state of tools, groups, and collaborative efforts used to mitigate crisis situations that overwhelm local, state and federal response efforts. Looking at software tools from Ushahidi, Sahana, OpenStreetMap as well as Inveneo, OpenBTS, and more.
Giving a presentation is a scary experience for most developers. Yet, worrisome as they are, they are a great way to influence technical decisions. They aid informed choices through the distribution of pertinent knowledge. Our highly actionable "Gang of Four" style patterns illustrate tried-and-true ways to build technical presentations that inform, convince and inspire.
The current buzz in K-12 education is about 21st Century skills and self-directed learning. But this vision is at odds with the passive consumer attitude of many of our current students. Open Source can be the transformative key by enabling engaged cooperation on a global scale on projects of substance. Come learn about Makerbot 3D printers, humanitarian FOSS projects and the new Open IT Lab.
You have so much you want to teach, how do you structure it so that your training course is both interesting and challenging? How much theory can you squeeze into an hour before your attendees have forgotten where you started? How do you structure your course to account for classes which move slower or faster than average? This talk will cover all of these answers and more.
I've run the Open Source Lab for the last five years at some of the largest and most influential educational technology shows, including ISTE and CUE. Over the years I've gained some understanding of why and how Open Source Software is adopted (or not) by schools.
by Peter Scott and Scott Gray
Most online education has failed to work, for the simple reason that it was designed by engineers instead of educators. The O'Reilly School of Technology has been growing for three years and has deployed multiple certificate series in technology fields. Come and hear from its founder (and a content author who will be familiar to OSCON audiences) the principles that make OST so successful.
25th–29th July 2011